Cannabis for Seizure Aftercare
According to the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance, it’s expected that approximately 260,000 Canadians have epilepsy (7.46 per every 1,000 people). Cannabis has shown to be an effective way to reduce epileptic seizures and other symptoms of epilepsy. CBD oil is currently used in both adults and children for treating epilepsy as is FDA approved. Although cannabis can help to reduce seizures it doesn’t necessarily eliminate them completely, which is also the case with traditional seizure medication. So, cannabis can also be used as seizure aftercare.
What is a Seizure?
Seizures are temporary glitches that occur in the brain that cause temporary abnormalities in muscle tone or movements (such as stiffness, twitching or limpness), behaviours, sensations and/or states of awareness (such as staring off into space or losing consciousness). There are numerous different types of seizures that impact the brain and the body differently.
A person who regularly experiences seizures is diagnosed with epilepsy. Learn more about epilepsy and how to manage it’s symptoms with cannabis here.
How Does a Seizure Affect a Person?
The effects of a seizure can be felt throughout the body and have a range of physical impacts. Also, due to the unpredictability of seizures, there can also be a significant emotional toll.
Here are some of the things a person may experience after a seizure:
- Feeling dazed and confused
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Headache or migraine
- Abnormal heartbeat
- Laboured breathing
- Sore or aching muscles (pain)
- Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, indigestions, and/or loss of bowel control
- Symptoms associated with depression
Cannabis can be used to manage some of the symptoms mentioned above, check out the links to learn more about how cannabis can be used for seizure aftercare.
Cannabis for Seizure Aftercare
Why would a person feel anxious? It’s common for a person to feel anxious after a seizure, in part, as a result of the fact that seizures are uncontrolled and a person isn’t necessarily sure whether or not they may have another seizure. This lack of control can increase a person’s anxiety. Additionally, an abnormal heart rate, laboured breathing, and sweating can mimic feelings of anxiety which can influence a persons experience of anxiety.
We spoke with a couple of our customers who experience seizures about their cannabis use for seizure aftercare. Here is how it works for them.
Kacia said she typically experiences anxiety post-seizure and that cannabis ‘helps slow [her] brain thoughts so they’re not racing’ and so she can feel more confident that she’s going to be okay. She also mentioned she often feels some weird head feelings and that cannabis helps to bring her brain functioning back to what feels more normal. It also helps her to manage nausea as well as help her to eat afterward, as she typically ‘feels so drained’.
Read more about Kacia’s experience with cannabis and epilepsy here.
Jenny uses Miss Envy’s tinctures post-seizure to help manage the pain post-seizure and to relax. The tinctures are a good choice because they don’t require the smaller motor movements associated with rolling a joint. Jenny also uses cannabis topicals for muscle pain.
Read more about Jenny’s experience with cannabis and epilepsy here.
How to Use Cannabis for Seizure Aftercare
As both Kacia and Jenny mentioned, cannabis can be used immediately after a seizure to help manage pain, symptoms of anxiety and increase relaxation. A tincture or vape is a great choice here as it takes effect quickly, it’s easy to dose, and doesn’t require any preparation.
Cannabis topicals are also effective for managing muscle soreness as well as headaches. Apply the topically directly to the site of pain for quick relief.
Cannabis edibles can be used to help stimulate appetite, increase relaxation, and encourage rest and sleep. Though note that since edibles are absorbed through the stomach they take longer to take effect (45 to 60 minutes), so they’re best used in combination with acute treatment methods.
Learn more about using cannabis for treating epilepsy to manage the long-term symptoms of epilepsy and help manage seizures.
Final Thoughts on Cannabis for Seizure Aftercare
Not only is cannabis be used to manage epilepsy and help to prevent seizures but can also be used for seizure aftercare. Cannabis can help a person to calm down, manage pain, stimulate appetite, as well as help a person rest post-seizure.
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Learn more about using cannabis for treating epilepsy.